Top Free Agent - Marvel Smith
Starters - Two
Must Re-Sign - Bryant McFadden
Team Top FA Need - OC, DC, FS
Franchise Player - Max Starks - $8,451,000
Comments - The Steelers enter the NFL's annual free agent period on Friday with three very critical things on their agenda; resign two of the three free agent offensive tackles, re-sign the fast improving corner Bryant McFadden and rising star Nate Washington. To accomplish this tall order, it's likely that sombody on the current roster must be sent packing. The offensive line is very much the clubs Achilles heel and after losing Alan Faneca to the Jets and Kendall Simmons and Marvel Smith to injury in 2008, it is critical that the club returns at least one of their high priced offensive tackles and at least two of the four UFA offensive linemen. Wide receiver Nate Washington really came on in 2008 and has a chance of developing into a sold number two receiver. Byron Leftwich is a perfect fit for the Steelers offensive system of play, and unless he is overwhelmed by an outside offer, should return to back up Roethlisberger in 2009. By the same token, I suspect Charlie Batch is at or near the end of the line. Chris Kemoeatu is a strong limited area player, but is better suited as the club's third guard. The Steelers would like to have Andre Frazier, Keyaron Fox and Bryant McFadden, but all three should attract some attention within the league. Punter Mitch Berger and Orpheus Roye have Super Bowl rings to show for their long productive time in the game.